FAIR 20/21: Introducing Kaisa Maasik

13. januar 2021

Artist in Residence – Article in English

This week, we welcome the first resident of 2021 to FABRIKKEN: Artist and curator Kaisa Maasik. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic still being present in our surroundings, we are delighted to be able to host her during the next three months, as part of The Nordic-Baltic residency program FAIR.

Estonian artist and curator Kaisa Maasik (b. 1994) is based in Tallinn and has her educational background from the Estonian Academy of Arts and from the University of the Arts Helsinki. In her practice, Maasik works mainly with installation and photography. She has been a member of several groups including the artist group ‘Umbrella Group’ and has been a part of the team running the project space ‘Vent Space’ in Tallinn, Estonia.

Kaisa Maasik’s work often embodies a sense of orchestratedness, and the idea of ‘domino effects’ often applies to both her artistic and curatorial practice. Everyday life and objects, alongside her desire to collect, also often represent central elements in her artistic practice. She is preoccupied with secrets, voyeurism, and the poetry of movement.

Maasik has primarily exhibited her work in Finland and Estonia, and the residency at FABRIKKEN in Copenhagen will be her first artist residency.

Your Love Hurts, Kaisa Maasik, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

During the residency, Kaisa Maasik will have access to a private studio at FABRIKKEN, where she will engage in a new material research project; ‘Blow Hot and Cold’. The project will explore combining elements of ceramics and kinetics to create an installation of mountain-like shapes, which would be filled with water and partially covered with thermo-chromatic paint. Maasik hopes to bring new knowledge into the field of kinetic sand ceramics during her residency.

We are looking forward to following the process throughout the residency, and we are beyond excited to be able to provide space and opportunity for Kaisa Maasik to explore new projects in a generous environment. Especially in this challenging time, where providing room for artistic practices and projects to emerge and evolve seems more important than ever. Stay tuned on our digital platforms during the coming months to follow the residency.

Tomorrow never knows, Kaisa Maasik, 2016. Photo by Marianna Gunja.

About FAIR

The FAIR residency program is aimed at professional visual artists and curators residing in the Nordic and Baltic countries. FAIR connects the resident with Danish artists and other art professionals through meetings, openings, and other professional and social events. It has the purpose to provide international artists, with the opportunity to conduct research and develop their network, in the context of the Danish art scene. The FAIR residency program welcomes 3 artists per season for a duration of 3 months each.

Stay updated on Open Calls and application deadlines for residencies at FABRIKKEN here. FAIR is kindly supported by The Nordic Culture Point, The Danish Arts Foundation, and The Obel Family Foundation.